Suspect in Canada terror attack is Somali refugee, police say

Two have been released from hospital.

Officers said pending charges included terrorism and five counts of attempted murder, but they did not reveal his name.

The attacker was taken into custody and a criminal investigation into his act of terrorism was launched.

Police said that at this time, the events in Edmonton appear to be isolated.

RCMP assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand said the suspect, 30, was checked thoroughly in 2015 and deemed at that time to not pose a threat.

Canada defended its immigration and refugee vetting system on Monday after a Somali immigrant, who had drawn scrutiny for his alleged extremist views, was charged with attempted murder for a weekend auto and knife attack that injured five.

Amarnath Amarasingam, an academic co-directing a study of Western foreign fighters at the University of Waterloo, said Alberta generated about as many terrorism suspects as Quebec and Ontario in that period. Absolutely not, "continued Chief Knecht".

At approximately 8:15 p.m. Saturday (0215 GMT Sunday) a man in a speeding white Chevy Malibu crashed through police barricades outside Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, where a Canadian Football League game was being played.

Hours later, the suspect took police on a wild chase through the city's downtown in a rented van as he tried to mow down pedestrians, before the vehicle was knocked over and the driver was apprehended. Two had been released from hospital as of Sunday afternoon.

The CBC reported Mr. Sharif worked on a construction crew at one point, and quoted an unnamed former colleague saying Mr. Sharif was sympathetic to the Islamic State, prone to religious rants about "polytheists" and expressed "genocidal beliefs".


Elgie said the van hit a man who was a bar customer.

The service said any operational plans for upcoming events in Regina always include information on recent events elsewhere in Canada.

He became suspicious when police held him up, and made a decision to flee.

"It is pretty tragic what happened", he said.

"He was very shaken up - still a bit in shock".

Constable Chernyk, is recovering from his wounds. "We are part of the fabric of this country".

Edmonton's refugee and Somali communities are bracing for a backlash in the wake of the attack, and met on Monday to discuss how to move forward, said Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta.

Regina police will continue to communicate with RCMP, as well as the network of police and law enforcement agencies across Canada.

Monique Dumas of British Columbia says she was six rows from the front of the stage when the shooting broke out. "They are mobilizing, they are organizing".

  • David Armstrong